I'm sure if we all looked hard enough, we'd be able to find a bit of rebel inside us. But there's a time for rebellion and a time for sticking with grammar rules. After all, they stop sentence errors and awkward reader emails. But one of the many luxuries of being an indie author is being able to selectively break rules. Rosalind Minett, author member, is pulling out her inner rebel to talk about when it's okay to break writing rules as an indie.
After taking a break for the month of July, 2019, the #AskALLi broadcast salons are back for a new season. As ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford tells us, there's a bunch that's new: new shows, new co-hosts, and a new sponsor for the 2019-2020 broadcast season.
Novelist John Lynch defines the narrative arc and talks about the classic three- or five-act structure. Do you use it? Should you?
Next up we have Leila Summers an indie author writing and publishing memoir. Leila makes painful topics universal, a podcast well worth listening to if you missed it the first time around.
Punctuation tends to produce strong reactions. Either you love it or you hate it. But one thing is certain as writers, we all need it. In today's encore post, Dominic Selwood, author member, delights in punctuation so much so that he's taken the time to write a guide to punctuation for the 21st century writer. Today he tells us why - and also helps us learn to stop worrying and love punctuation! You can make punctuation fun too.
Why you need to make sure your writing is the best it can be before you invest in marketing it - tough love on the importance of writing craft from ALLi Author Advice Center Manager Debbie Young, herself the author of a series of cozy mysteries
Copyright is fundamental to an author’s ability to publish and trade in books, create successful author-businesses, and earn an income from their work. Thus, changes in copyright law are of deep concern to the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Our Copyright Bill of Rights offers ALLi’s interpretation and recommendations of what today’s authors and readers currently need from copyright law, policy, and practice.
Is your manuscript in need of substantive editing, developmental editing, copy-editing, or line editing? When is it ready for a proofread? ALLi partner member Richard Bradburn of editorial.ie helps demystify the terms.
To help you concentrate your thoughts for a successful new year of self-publishing, here's a chance to revisit the most relevant opinion posts from the AskALLi blog in 2018. Here's to our best year yet as indie authors!
Lost the plot with your fiction writing? Having trouble keeping track of your characters? You need to start keeping a style-sheet - or at least ask your editor to create one for you. Such a useful writing tool you'll wonder how you ever managed without it! Here's how.
ALLi's monthly AskALLi Q&A podcast gives our members the opportunity to put their own queries about the self-publishing process to our resident expert indie authors, who cover a wide range of topics in every show.
Are you using the right criteria to select the best editor for your books - and are you making the most of what you can learn from the editing process? Read Karl Drinkwater's post, from his perspective as both author and editor, to help you decide.